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The Erie Canal, 363-mile engineering feat that changed history, reaches bicentennial

ALBANY, N.Y. — A few days after the first shovel was thrust into the central New York state dirt on July 4, 1817, to ceremoniously begin the building of the Erie Canal, the real work got started. A few dozen workers supplied with nothing more than shovels and draft animals started digging in both…
Source: Morningcall

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